IPitch News Archive
By Rachel Youens on Sunday, November 29th, 2009
When you’re looking a CVs in the hiring process you generally throw out anyone with a criminal record or a shady online persona. But apparently what gets most CVs put directly in the bin brought one CV straight to the top at mogeneration as they have apparently hired the Australian hacker behind the Ikee worm to be an app developer. Ashley Towns created a worm to crack jailbroken iPhone security that installed a new Rick Astley background to infected users and opened the way for malware like the Duh worm that attempts to use a person’s iPhone as a botnet.
mogeneration is behind a number of successful apps including Lingopal and Xumii and serves clients like Perkler and News Digital Media. Although there doesn’t appear to be any official statement about the hiring on the Mogenereration site, the news actually came down through Ashley’s Twitter feed where he has apparently now removed the tweet on his protected account but one blogger caught a screen capture of the tweet.
By Rachel Youens on Thursday, November 26th, 2009
You probably have a lot of misconceptions of what Texas is all about. You probably think bolo ties, cattle, ten gallon hats and President Bush, but I’m here to tell you that in the heart of Texas in the city of Austin is a burgeoning tech and entertainment scene and come March, it will be the place to be for any hip startup looking to brush shoulders with the best.
The 16 year old South by Southwest interactive festival, or SXSW as it is referred to, is a unique event because it brings together three festivals into a week-long span. The event starts with multimedia,gaming and interactive then goes to movies and then to music. So for a tech startup that deals with entertainment, such as mobile marketing, online video, music or fashion or social networking, it is triple threat to reach your customers on all sides. You can expect to meet and hear panels from experts at Threadless, Facebook, Etsy, Zappos, Mashable, Vimeo, Spotify, Twitter, Foursquare and more.
This year Melbourne-based startup (and recent Tech23 winner) QMcodes will be providing QR codes and mobile marketing for the annual event and is working The Victorian Government with support from Film Victoria and Austrade to organize a trade mission to Austin, Texas for SXSW.
A select few Victorian-based tech and digital media business’s will be offered the chance to attend and present at the Victorian Government 2010 Trade Mission to SXSW, approved attendees will be given a place in the Victorian Government trade show booth, Platinum attendance badges to attended all events across Film, Music and Interactive for the 9 days, a Victorian Government party to mingle with representatives from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Razorfish and similar companies, attendance on a panel on doing business between Australian and the USA, partial flights and accommodation will also be covered.
IPitch will be there documenting the activities and companies in the lead up to and during the mission. To be considered for the event you MUST be a registered Victorian business. To submit your company for consideration for trade mission, please send a 100 word pitch on your company and how SXSW would be useful for it, a link to your site and confirmation of your Victoria establishment to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20. The entries will be judged by QMcodes and fellow Melbourne startup and trade mission organizer Portable Content.
By Rachel Youens on Thursday, November 26th, 2009
• The NSW startup KickStartMe has changed its name to Public Support after conflicts with a similar business. The site allows users to create a project, ranging from getting a new EP out to raising funds for charity, and to have people donate and share in making that project come to fruition. The site is set for a late 2009, early 2010 launch.
• LoyaltyTech has created a platform for Jeanswest using Responsys, an email marketing and cross-channel campaign management solution. The solution was customised to add CRM functionality to support a new loyalty program integrated with point of sale and additional back-office reporting.
• It’s the end of an era with writer Kim Heras announcing the end of the Australian tech and entrepreneurial blog TechNation. Kim is leaving the blog in order to run the Australian wing of global tech site The Next Web.
• The University of Sydney’s Bachelor of Design Computing and Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts program is in the final days of its Dot to Dot graduate exhibit. Many of the projects come from the design computing department where students are using mobile technology to create devices ranging from bush fire warning systems to acceleration detection bike art to mood sensing cell phones. Friday is the last day of the exhibit, held at the campus Hearth + Tin Sheds gallery.
• Miniature projection technology company, Digislide has secured a $1.2 million Government grant to advance its opto-electronics and clean technology research and development. Digislide was awarded the funds under the South Australian Innovation and Investment Fund.
• MEGA Melbourne held the exhibition of its final projects Wednesday and MEGA Sydney will be showing off its end of term products Friday evening. The Mobile Enterprise Growth Alliance is a several month program that walks attendees through the full concept, design, creation and marketing of a mobile product with the guidance and advice of industry leaders. The Sydney final exhibition is Friday from 2 to 5:30 at the Telstra Experience Centre, 4th floor at 400 George Street.
By Rachel Youens on Monday, November 23rd, 2009
• Wotnews is debuting a new feature to the site called TeamStream aimed at companies where they can share news in a collaborative way. According to TeamStream’s website, which can be accessed via Wotnews,it allows better control and transparency for letting staff connect with relevant news, gives marketers better metrics and gives researchers a collaborative platform. Current Wotnews members are being given a free opportunity to try Team Stream
If you saw Wotnew’s other product, We are Hunted, at Tech23, you may be interested to know about the site’s spinoff Celebrity Hunted. Similar to the music platform, the celebrity version finds the most-searched celebs and connects to the top photos and news on them in the same clean fashion as it’s musical sibling.
• Speaking of Tech23 and We are Hunted, the winners have been announced for the Sydney tech and pitch competition and the music site is among those who took top honors. Other winners included QMcodes, DDX, Angusta, Posse, IPscape and Red Lizard Software.
• Australian conference networking tool site YouKonnect.com has launched with the first discussions already being posted on the site. The company Magnetized Markets is behing the networking site and also powers ifindconsultants.com and ifindsuppliers.com
By Rachel Youens on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
• Australian company Objective released version 7.4 of its content, collaboration and management software to coincide with the launch of Windows 7. Objective 7.4 contains both enhancements to existing functionality, new functionality and platform upgrade support.
• TechNation blog creator Kim Heras announced this week that he has taken his own startup, One Eye Deer, out of beta and is making it open to the public with many of the changes and additions suggested by beta users. One Eye Deer is a community site for people to share their problem and use the web community to help solve it.
• The fact of the matter is, most of the world still thinks those little black and white boxes in the corner of billboards and adverts are tiny cross word puzzles. To speed up the adoption of QR codes, Melbourne-based startup JMango will begin working with QR code inventors Denso Wave to develop premium mobile reading technology.
By Rachel Youens on Tuesday, November 17th, 2009
This week AusIndustry announced the next round of 14 businesses who would be receiving funding in the Commercialising Emerging Technologies grant program. Past winners have included TradeSlot and Parts All Over. Businesses who are chosen receive 70,400 to help them gain a foothold in the market. The latest winners include:
•Just One Place - This recent Tech23 Innovation Island presenter has developed supply-chain management software for the consumer goods industry. The web-based product can work with financial software to help streamline every part of the manufacturing and design process.
•Medinexus - Taking advantage of the vast opportunities provided by putting medical records online, Medinexus provides a secure way for healthcare providers to message and collaborate. Right now the service is targeted at radiology clinics and hospitals, helping to cut down on the amount of X-ray film used in the medical process.
•Billsuite Holdings - Claiming to offer a seamless end-to-end broker service, Billsuite telcom bills and then recommends the best plans and providers for a customer based on their specific usage patterns
By Rachel Youens on Monday, November 16th, 2009
• Student Entrepreneurs/Agents of Change winners Melbourne Op Shop Tours may be in need of a name change when they expand into London in three weeks. Run by three University of Melbourne students, Op Shop Tours organizers a tour of local vintage and secondhand stores employing public transportation and offering expert styling advice.
• Lots of Australian startups are popping up that allow people to make a bit of extra cash off their empty space, first Space Out allowed people to offer their spare space for storage and now Room Monster is helping Aussies rent out spare rooms. The service is currently operating in NSW, ACT and Western Australia and has just launched with its first listings.
• Earlier this year ANZA brought of group of startups, including Tradeslot and MyOwnPad, to Silicon Valley as part of its Gateway to the US program helping Aussie startups refine their pitches for an American audience of investors and media. Now ANZA is considering opening a new gateway into the Chinese market. The program would give 5 Aussie startups aid in navigating Chinese business, law and customs and offer introductions to contacts in the local markets.
• Global Entrepreneurship Week has kicked off in Sydney headed up by Matt Jones, the organizer of the Sydney chapter of entrepreneurial meetup The Hive. This local celebration of the global event will feature a number of the local tech entrepreneurial leaders offering special events such as a Dragon’s Den style pitch fest and a specially themed BarCamp. You can find more on the week’s activities here.
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